Major League Baseball umpire John Tumpane was in Pittsburgh for a game Wednesday when he apparently came to the rescue of a woman in distress.
Tumpane was walking across the mostly empty Roberto Clemente Bridge over the Allegheny River around 3 p.m. when he saw a woman climb over the railing, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
He rushed toward the woman and asked what was going on. She responded that she wanted a better view of the city, Tumpane said.
Tumpane proceeded to hook his arm around hers, telling the Post-Gazette that he said, “You don’t want to do that.”
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Tumpane said she responded, “Just let me go” and “You’ll forget me tomorrow,” but he continued to reassure her and alerted a passerby to call 911.
Two men stopped to help restrain her until authorities arrived. She was eventually taken to a hospital, city police spokeswoman Sonya Toler told the Post-Gazette.
About an hour after the incident, Tumpane headed to the ballpark, not far from where the ordeal had occurred, to be the home-plate umpire in Wednesday’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays.
“It’s a sad day, but it ended on a positive note,” Tumpane told the Post-Gazette. “Hopefully it’s an eye-opener for her as well, and it can help her get back on track.”
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